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Foreigners held as raid targets internet scams

Pav Suy / Khmer Times Share:
Suspects held under allegations of running a Voice over Internet Protocol scam. Supplied

Joint forces from the General Department of Immigration and Preah Sihanouk province on Saturday morning arrested 41 suspects for allegedly running a Voice over Internet Protocol scam.

Up until now, the majority of those caught for running VoIP scams have been Chinese or Taiwanese, but 33 of the suspects apprehended on Saturday were Malaysian, Thai, Indonesian, and Vietnamese. The remaining eight were from China and Taiwan.

Lim Bunheng, deputy prosecutor at Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court, said the raid was carried out in Mittapheap district.

“We had provincial police and immigration officials from Phnom Penh, as well as a warrant from the provincial court,” he said.

“We arrested 41 suspects and sent them to the General Department of Immigration in Phnom Penh.”

Major General Uk Heisela, chief investigator at the Interior Ministry’s immigration department, said forces stormed four locations as part of the raid and seized evidence of the alleged crimes.

Earlier this month, immigration police targeted seven locations used to run online extortion scams, arresting 69 people, all Chinese, both in the capital and Kandal province.

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